Basic Biology assignment

I’m studying for my Biology class and need an explanation.

Please make sure you read the project description and instructions thoroughly and completely before you start on your project. Also review the rubric so you are fully aware of the steps you need to take to earn full points.

For this project, you will be researching 10 organisms to create a photo atlas. Pay careful attention to the directions under each group of organisms. Scroll all the way down to view the detailed rubric.

Separate your post into 5 sections:

Plants

Insects

Reptiles

Birds

Mammals

Plants

Identify three plants that can attract pollinators (e.g., bees, birds, bats, butterflies, etc.)

For each plant, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the plant
  • Genus name of the plant (Genus names are always italicized)
  • What type of pollinators the plant attracts
  • Whether the plant is native to Florida (follow the chart below to complete this point)

FL native chart

Good resources to identify plants are:

Florida Wildflower Foundation: https://flawildflowers.org/ (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)

iNaturalist app: https://www.inaturalist.org/ (Links to an external site.)

Southeastern Flora ID: http://www.southeasternflora.com/SearchForm.php (Links to an external site.)

Florida Native Plant Society: https://www.fnps.org/plants (Links to an external site.)

And a good resource to identify whether your plant is native to Florida or considered to be invasive:

USF Plant Atlas: http://www.plantatlas.usf.edu/flip/ (Links to an external site.)

University of Florida Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants: https://plants.ifas.ufl.edu/ (Links to an external site.)

For Example,

dune daisy

Dune daisy

Genus Helianthus

Dune daisies are native to Florida and attract bees, birds, and butterflies.

Insects

Identify two insects. Make sure you understand the difference between an insect and an arachnid!

For each insect, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the insect
  • Genus name of the insect (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the insect is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

Reptiles

Identify two reptiles.

For each reptile, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the reptile
  • Genus name of the reptile (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the reptile is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

Birds

Identify two birds.

For each bird, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the bird
  • Genus name of the bird (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the bird is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

Mammals

Identify one mammal (NOT a domesticated species or caged animal).

For each mammal, you need to include the following:

  • Photo embedded in the submission
  • Common name of the mammal
  • Genus name of the mammal (Genus names are always italicized)
  • Whether the mammal is native to Florida (This is just yes or no – in a complete sentence)

A good resource for correctly identifying animals is:

https://www.inaturalist.org (Links to an external site.)

A good resource for identifying whether a species is native to Florida is:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/ (Links to an external site.)

You are strongly encouraged to make your observations in a local park or nature preserve as this is the easiest way to complete the bulk of your project in one go. Below is a list of several parks located in and around the Tampa Bay Area :

  • Lettuce Lake Park (2 mi from campus)
  • Violet Cury Preserve (2.5 mi from campus)
  • Flatwoods Park (8 mi from campus)
  • Brooker Creek Headwaters Nature Preserve (12 mi from campus)
  • Upper Tampa Bay Park (18 mi from campus)
  • Hillsborough River State Park (20 mi from campus)
  • Brooker Creek Preserve (21 mi from campus)

Given the current situation, understand that while some parks remain open, that many have reduced hours of operation. This project is also designed so that you could potentially go outside of your place of residence and collect all of the photos you need. I strongly encourage you to take original photos of animals you encounter outside. However, due to the extenuating circumstances I will also accept photos from the internet as long as you cite your sources.

You will submit this project either through a text box in Canvas, as a .pdf, or as a .doc or .docx. To submit via the Canvas text box, you will need to upload your photos to Canvas prior to embedding them using the “embed media” button. Please consider turning the project in early in case of any unanticipated technical issues. Emailed submissions will not be accepted nor graded. All submissions must be typed. No hand-written assignments will be accepted.

Some important things to note:

  • You MUST use a different species for each post. If you are unsure whether it is a different species, err on the side of caution and use a different plant or animal.
  • Photos are encouraged to be original. A walk in a local park or nature preserve should get you most, if not all, of the species you need for this project. You may use domesticated species. This includes pets (cats, dogs, ferrets, etc.), livestock (horses, cows, chickens, etc.), and exotic animals kept as pets (parrots, snakes, geckos, etc.). You may NOT go to a pet store, zoo, or plant nursery/garden center to make your observations.

  • Please make sure the organism you have identified is CLEARLY VISIBLE in your picture. An indiscernible speck that you call an insect or a faraway photo of a bird with no characteristics visible to confirm an identification will result in lost points.
  • You are being graded on accuracy and completeness. Be sure to review the rubric below.
  • Academic dishonesty: All projects in this class need to adhere to the USF Instructional Guidelines regarding Academic Dishonesty. You can check out the document (the issue is addressed beginning on page 5), but here is the gist:

    • Plagiarism is considered “academically dishonest”, whether or not it was done with intent.
      • Plagiarism is the use of someone else’s work as your own. This could mean that you forgot quotation marks, or that you didn’t paraphrase properly (like if you only change a word or two in a sentence), or that you failed to cite work that is not your own. Plagiarism is also using photos that you didn’t take.
    • Other forms of dishonesty (resubmitting the same work for two courses, cheating, allowing others to cheat… etc.) exist and they can get you in trouble in your courses and with the University.
    • The policy also explains the “sanctions” or disciplinary action that can be taken if you choose to be dishonest.

If you need help embedding images into your submission, please follow these links:

How do I submit a text entry assignment? (Links to an external site.)

Embedding images from Canvas using the Rich Content Editor (Links to an external site.)

There are excellent instructions in both of these links.

Rubric

– Biodiversity Atlas

Biodiversity Atlas

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePlants– Identify three plants that can attract pollinators For each plant, you need to include the following: – Original photo embedded in the submission – Common name of the plant – Genus name of the plant – What type of pollinators the plant attracts – Whether the plant is native to Florida

20.0 pts

All criteria met for all 3 plants

For all three plants, all criteria were met. Original photo embedded. Correct common name identified. Correct genus identified. What type of pollinators each plant attracts. Whether plant is native to FL is correctly identified.

15.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect

Some required information is missing or incorrect from 1 or description.

10.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect or 1 plant missing

Some required information is missing or incorrect from 2 plants OR 1 plant was missing.

5.0 pts

Most criteria missing or incorrect or 2 plants missing

Most of the required information is missing or incorrect OR 2 plants are missing.

0.0 pts

All information missing from 3 plants OR all plants missing

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeInsects– Identify two insects. For each insect, you need to include the following: – Original photo embedded in the submission – Common name of the insect – Genus name of the insect – Whether the insect is native to Florida

20.0 pts

All criteria met for both insects

For both insects, all criteria were met. Original photo embedded. Correct common name identified. Correct genus identified and written in italics. Whether insect is native to FL is correctly identified.

15.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect

Some required information is missing or incorrect in 1 description

10.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect or 1 insect missing

Some required information is missing or incorrect from both descriptions OR 1 insect is missing.

0.0 pts

All information missing from both insects OR both insects missing

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeReptiles– Identify two reptiles. For each reptile, you need to include the following: – Original photo embedded in the submission – Common name of the reptile – Genus name of the reptile – Whether the reptile is native to Florida

20.0 pts

All criteria met for both reptiles

For both reptiles, all criteria were met. Original photo embedded. Correct common name identified. Correct genus identified and written in italics. Whether reptile is native to FL is correctly identified.

15.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect

Some required information is missing or incorrect from 1 description

10.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect or 1 reptile missing

Some required information is missing or incorrect in both descriptions OR 1 reptile is missing

0.0 pts

All information missing from both reptiles OR both reptiles missing

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeBirds– Identify two birds. For each bird, you need to include the following: -Original photo embedded in the submission – Common name of the bird – Genus name of the bird – Whether the bird is native to Florida

20.0 pts

All criteria met for both birds

For both birds, all criteria were met. Original photo embedded. Correct common name identified. Correct genus identified and written in italics. Whether bird is native to FL is correctly identified.

15.0 pts

Come criteria missing or incorrect

Some required information is missing or incorrect from 1 description

10.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect or 1 bird missing

Some required information is missing or incorrect from both descriptions OR 1 bird is missing

0.0 pts

All information missing from both birds OR both birds missing

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMammals– Identify one mammal (NOT a domestic cat or dog). For each mammal, you need to include the following: – Original photo embedded in the submission – Common name of the mammal – Genus name of the mammal – Whether the mammal is native to Florida

10.0 pts

All criteria met for mammal

For the mammal, all criteria were met. Original photo embedded. Correct common name identified. Correct genus identified and written in italics. Whether mammal is native to FL is correctly identified.

5.0 pts

Some criteria missing or incorrect

0.0 pts

All information or mammal missing

10.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeSpelling/Grammar/PunctuationCorrect spelling, grammar, punctuation, and complete sentences were used throughout the project. Genus capitalized, and in italics.

10.0 pts

Full Marks

Correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation throughout. Submission uses complete sentences

8.0 pts

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation mostly correct

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation mostly correct. Complete sentences used.

4.0 pts

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation partially correct

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation partially correct and/or submission is not in complete sentences.

2.0 pts

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation needs work

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation needs work. Submission is in complete sentences.

0.0 pts

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation needs work

Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation/sentence structure needs work throughout.

10.0 pts

Total Points: 100.0

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